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Is Coffee Actually Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted on 9/20/2016 by Fady Ebid
A warm cup of coffee.Many of us depend on a cup of coffee (or several) to wake up in the morning and face our busy schedules.

However, coffee is not always the best beverage choice when looking for options that are good for your teeth.

Watch Out For Sugary Additions

Oftentimes, coffee is paired with sweeteners, syrups, or flavored creamers, and when the sugar from these additions coat our teeth, the bacteria in our mouths turn the sugar into acid that breaks down enamel. Minimizing the sugar you add can help make your coffee more tooth-friendly.

Be Mindful of the Acidity

Acidity is another quality to look at when considering if something is good for your teeth. Acidic foods and beverages can wear down enamel, and this occurs at a pH level of 5.5 or lower.

Black coffee has a pH level of 5, which is acidic enough to demineralize enamel, but it is not as acidic as a soda (a cola has a pH of about 2.5) or a glass of orange juice (pH 3.3 - 4.19).

Coffee is not the most acidic drink out there, but since coffee is often sipped, your teeth can be slowly damaged as they are exposed to the acidity throughout the day.

How to Minimize Your Risk of Decay

If you are mindful of sugary additions, coffee can be a better beverage choice compared to other options out there. When drinking your daily coffee, keep some of these tips in mind to reduce your risk of decay:

•  Try to drink your coffee during specific times of the day instead of sipping all day.
•  Drink a lot of water while drinking coffee to help wash away coffee residue (and sugar if you have added it).
•  If you are going to brush your teeth after your coffee break, make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after consuming so you do not further damage the enamel when it is weakened.

Please contact us if you have any questions about coffees effect on your teeth.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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